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The SANDAG Service Bureau is the preferred source for customized demographic and economic studies, data and analysis, Geographic Information Systems analysis and mapping, and transportation modeling.

California-Baja California 2008 Border Master Plan and 2014 Update

The California-Baja California Border Master Plan is a binational comprehensive approach to coordinate planning and delivery of land ports of entry (POE) and transportation infrastructure projects serving the California-Baja California region. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in partnership with U.S. - Mexico Joint Working Committee, and the State of Baja California Secretariat of Infrastructure and Urban Development (SIDUE), retained the SANDAG Service Bureau to develop the initial plan in 2008 and to prepare the first update to the plan in 2014. The 2008 plan developed binational criteria for prioritizing POE and related transportation projects, created a list of prioritized projects within the binational study area, and prepared recommendations to institutionalize the dialogue among federal, state, regional, and local stakeholders in the United States and Mexico. The 2014 update refreshed these previous efforts and also established new categories of POE and transportation projects, developed a transportation modeling framework for POE sensitivity analysis, and conducted a border-wide binational peer exchange to identify potential funding opportunities and sources.

View 2008 California-Baja Border Master Plan | Executive Summary | Technical Appendix

View 2014 California-Baja Border Master Plan | Appendix A-F | Appendix G-H

Economic Impact of Qualcomm and Telecommunications and Information Technology, Driving San Diego’s Technology Growth, 2013

The SANDAG Service Bureau worked with local researchers and economists to estimate the economic impact of Qualcomm and the Telecommunications and Information Technology industry on the San Diego region. The combined economic impact (direct, indirect, and induced impacts), is expected to generate approximately 179,020 total jobs, $12.73 billion in wages, and $38.11 billion of total economic output per year for the regional economy. The San Diego Workforce Partnership and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation sponsored the study.

Life Sciences: Labor Market Analysis, 2014

The SANDAG Service Bureau partnered with BW Research Partnership, Inc., a local research firm, to prepare a labor market study of the Life Science industry. The study was prepared for the San Diego Workforce Partnership. The purpose of the study was to document opportunities for workers and needs from employers in the sector, and to recommend specific actions for investments in workforce development. Service Bureau researchers assisted with the employment estimates and prepared employment concentration mapping analyses of the Life Sciences sector. View study.

San Diego Region Aggregate Supply Study, 2011

The San Diego Region Aggregate Supply Study is an analysis of aggregate supply in the region. SANDAG, in cooperation with Caltrans District 11, examined the issues regarding the supply of aggregate. This study provides background information and tools necessary to begin developing a framework to manage aggregate to address future projected shortfalls. The study contributes to the understanding of aggregate issues and offers a pilot approach for other regions of the state that also are grappling with aggregate supply issues. Appendices A - F provide detailed information related to the study.

San Diego Workforce Partnership Geographic Distribution of Funds, 2014

The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) retained the SANDAG Service Bureau to assess and expand the existing formulas for distributing Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program monies to four SDWP geographic regions. The Service Bureau developed separate formulas for distributing monies for three priority programs:  Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth. The formulas were tailored to the requirements and guidelines of the WIA legislation.

Survey Validation, 2014

The SANDAG Service Bureau provided guidance to the Downtown San Diego Partnership and North Park Main Street regarding methodologies and survey design for intercept surveys. The surveys were related to the potential provision of services through a Property-Based Business Improvement District funded through property assessments.

Traded Clusters in the San Diego Region, 2012

Traded clusters are groups of interrelated, export-oriented industries that bring new money into the region and boost the economy. The San Diego region has 13 traded clusters with a total of 331,410 local jobs in 2010. Jobs in cluster industries represent 27 percent of the region’s total employment. In general, cluster jobs pay higher wages ($56,000) than the regional average ($50,700). View study.

Binational Border Transportation Infrastructure Needs Assessment Study

Trade between the United States and Mexico has soared over the past decade. While NAFTA has brought economic benefit to the border region, the increasing trade has also provided infrastructure-related challenges. Crossborder trade predominantly moves across the 1,278 mile long border in trucks. SourcePoint developed a systematic approach for assessing transportation infrastructure needs in the U.S.-Mexico border region. View more information.

Green Line Survey

The Metropolitan Transit System retained the SANDAG Service Bureau to examine ridership on the Green Line in 2005. Data was obtained via onboard passenger surveys, online surveys of SDSU students, and passenger counts at the SDSU Transit Center. Results of the survey indicate that the Green Line has succeeded in attracting new transit passengers and addressing unmet transit needs in the region. View survey.

Labor Market Studies: Healthcare and Hospitality Industry Clusters, 2006

In 2006, the San Diego Workforce Partnership commissioned SourcePoint and Godbe Research Associates to produce policy reports and occupational profiles for the healthcare and hospitality industry clusters. By classifying industry occupations and requirements, identifying educational and training opportunities, and outlining Healthcare Industry career ladders, the study provided a resource to assist employers in marketing the healthcare and hospitality careers to potential employees and define educational career paths to help industry professionals advance. View more information.

Mira Costa Community College Environmental Scan

Community College Districts need up-to-date information on the changing demographic, economic, social, and political environment to determine how the changes will impact District students, staff, alumni and surrounding communities. Access to the extensive demographic and economic databases at SANDAG, make the Service Bureau uniquely qualified to provide these analyses and services to higher educational entities. View more information.

Solana Beach View/Vegetation Ordinance Study

A survey of City residents to help determine the need for and composition of an ordinance to protect views from vegetation as well as construction. View study.

Contact the Service Bureau for additional information.